Wednesday 17 October 2018

Harry Potter question conjures up a 'problem'

Andrea Farrelly and Roisin Hiney at Loreto School, Bray. Picture: Justin Farrelly
Andrea Farrelly and Roisin Hiney at Loreto School, Bray. Picture: Justin Farrelly
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Harry Potter fans may have been happy with a question on the Junior Cert higher level Maths Paper 2, but teacher Elaine Devlin was not impressed.

The question involved a geometric construction to create a Horcrux symbol, which will be familiar to followers of the wizard.

"Not everyone is a Harry Potter fan. The problem was the first sentence, stating that the diagram below shows a Horcrux. Straight away half the students would be saying, 'my teacher never did that'," said Ms Devlin.

The ASTI subject representative and teacher at De La Salle Secondary School, Dundalk, Co Louth, said it was one of a number of challenging questions.

She said while there was a high literacy demand on the ordinary level paper, it was along predictable lines.

In the afternoon's higher level Science Paper, a TUI spokesperson said there were no real surprises, although questions about a paper windmill and a vacuum flask may have caused difficulty for some, while ordinary level was a "fair paper".

Irish Independent

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